October 21, 2014

Another challenging week on tap for NU volleyball (AUDIO)

The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team will host the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.   The Huskers opened the 2012 Big Ten Conference slate last Wednesday at Penn State, dropping the match 3-1. Nebraska rebounded with a 3-1 victory over Ohio State last Saturday, evening its Big Ten record to 1-1.

 AUDIO John Cook press conference

Nebraska leads the all-time series with the Spartans, 10-0-2. The Huskers posted a 2-0 record against Michigan State in 2011, beating MSU 3-2 in East Lansing and then sweeping the Spartans in Lincoln.   

Huskers Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors

Nebraska senior Lauren Cook and freshman Meghan Haggerty have both been honored by the Big Ten Conference with weekly Big Ten Awards. Cook was named the Big Ten Co-Player and Setter of the Week, while Haggerty has earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. 

Cook guided the Husker attack to wins over Saint Louis (3-0), No. 1 UCLA (3-2) and Notre Dame (3-0) during the first weekend of play. She notched double-doubles in all three matches, including 56 assists and 22 digs against the Bruins. Cook averaged 10.7 assists, 4.4 digs and 0.4 blocks per set. She also tabbed 27 assists against Saint Louis and 35 against Notre Dame, helping Nebraska hit .365 against the Fighting Irish.  

Haggerty earned Big Ten honors after she hit .545 against UC Irvine, recording seven kills on 11 swings to go along with four blocks to help Nebraska to a 3-0 victory. She also averaged 2.3 kills and 1.3 blocks per set in the match.  

Scouting the Michigan State Spartans

• Michigan State is 13-1 on the season and has a 1-1 Big Ten record. MSU holds a No. 24 national ranking this week. The Spartans will travel to Iowa City, Iowa for a match on Saturday, Sept. 29.

• Last weekend Michigan State lost to Purdue in five sets, but turned around to top Indiana 3-0 the following day. 

• Four Spartans led Michigan State against the Boilermakers with double-digit kills, while Amy Dentlinger and Lauren Wicinski paved the way with 16 each.

• Kristen Kelsay notched her second double-double of the season against Indiana, with 20 assists and 12 digs. Lauren Wicinski led all players with 14 kills on the night.

• Michigan State ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage (.321) and is also second in assists (13.54). The Spartans rank fifth in blocks (2.54) and are ranked second in opponent hitting percentage (.139). MSU is first in kills (14.98) and also in service aces (1.77).

• Alexis Mathews ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage (.484), while she is also fourth in blocks (1.31). Lauren Wicinski leads the conference in points (5.44) and is second in kills (4.42) and first in aces (0.65).